The ban began October 1, and according to the Bureau the reason is because "prisoners don't like pork." Though none have been produced for scrutiny, the Prison Bureau claims it has conducted surveys in recent years finding prisoners like pork least of all meats, and it is too costly, prison bureau spokesman Edmond Ross told the Post.
The National Pork Producers Council was not only skeptical but refuted the notion that most prisoners would reject a ham sandwich or traditional breakfast meats.
"I find it hard to believe that a survey would have found a majority of any population saying, 'No thanks, I don’t want any bacon,'" Dave Warner, a spokesman for the group, said.
Not Surprisingly, The Council on American-Islamic Relations praised the move.
"In general we welcome the change because it’s facilitating the accommodation of Muslim inmates," CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said. "We hope it's not an indication of an increasing number of Muslims in the prison system."
While non-pork options have long been provided to accommodate observant Jews and Muslims, who can't eat pork products for religious reasons, this is an unprecedented move on dietary controls and to many observers signals a clear bias on the part of the Prison System and President Obama favoring Muslims and Islam.